Quick recap, in case you’ve forgotten…but how could you forget?
Vanity Fair wanted to do a piece on Gwyneth Paltrow who has been on the cover 5 times. She refused and sent an email to all her friends telling them to boycott the magazine. Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, is currently promoting the 100th anniversary of the publication. He was interviewed by The Times. And confirms that that is indeed what happened: Gwyneth tried to cockblock him.
And Graydon’s reaction to this?
Graydon Carter’s eyes dart uncomfortably when I ask about Gwynnie. “We started a story on her. We have a very good writer and it’ll run…” Indeed, her disavowal has made him more determined to publish. "Well, she sort of forced my hand".
Girl Sh-t, right?
When asked to comment on G’s power play, Carter cattily answered:
“She’ll find Los Angeles very different and very difficult,” he says. “Some famous people believe that they live in a cone of celebrity that protects them... But it doesn’t really exist any more in LA unless they stay in. I mean, you can be a well-known movie star and go decades without getting an embarrassing picture in a magazine just by leading a quiet, normal life.”
So it’s coming. And if he sounds like a bitch about it with a journalist, can you imagine how c-nty the actual article will be? Maybe just in time for Christmas…
Ironically though (I think) the profile on Carter is just as dishy and delicious as any Vanity Fair piece on a movie star. There are two Graydon Carters:
There’s the Graydon Carter who claims to be over his own party, the most exclusive part of the year (Vanity Fair Oscars) and insists that he’s really not that enamored of Celebrity because most of them aren’t that interesting.
And then there’s the Graydon Carter of the “importance index” and the “seven rooms”. The importance index is based on how celebrities rank each other. Like, if Robert Downey Jr gets a call from Jude Law and from Mel Gibson, who he calls back first determines their standing. As for the seven rooms, every celebrity thinks they’ve reached the last room, the room that they all aspire to, but, really, there’s always another room, or two rooms, except for maybe one or two people, but seventh room residents are rare. And they can’t stay in there forever.
It’s a similar philosophy at Carter’s restaurants where he personally supervises the table plan – which patrons get to sit where, and why. If you’re lucky enough to get a reservation on a slow night, prepare yourself to be jammed up against a wall where no one can see you (unless you’re Anna Wintour) because the best spots are marked for the best people.
Isn’t Graydon Carter kinda like…
A fascinating read. And well worth a few dollars to get behind the pay wall. Which is what I just did to be able to enjoy the entire piece. Click here. Or if you don’t feel like it, here it is, summed up:
Gwyneth Paltrow thought Vanity Fair was beneath her. Graydon Carter thinks you’re beneath him. And they both need all of us to keep them there.